History Cooperative – Countryside Festivals

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As the Romans saw many natural thigns such as trees, rocks and other matters as possible hosts to spirits or bearers of some other religious significance, then the countryside bustled with spiritual hints by gods, ghosts and spirits. There was also not a thing which wasn’t somehow guarded by a deity.

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There was gods who watched over fields, groves, orchards, vineyards, springs, woods and any other matter. Jupiter for example watched over oak trees which were sacred to him. As country life was inevitably connected to agriculture, which was at the whim of nature, religious life in the country therefore consisted primarily of appeasing he many gods around one, ensuring that they would guard the harvest and be merciful.

As the ancient calendar, before later changes by the Romans, began on waht is now 15 March, the first traditional festival of the country calendar was the liberalia on 17 March. It was held to honour Liber, the god of fertile crops and vineyards. (The liberalia was also the traditional date when a boy could become a man by being given his toga virilis.)

On 15 April came the fordicia in honour of the earth goddess Tellus. For this pregnant cows were slaughtered in sacrifice and in Rome animal fetuses were burnt on altars. The parilia festival which took place the week after the fordicia, saw sheep being herded and forced to jump across burning bales of straw, in order to be purified.

Another festival was that celebrating the goddess Ceres which took place on 19 April. Ceres was especially connected with agriculture, the harvest and, especially, grain. So her festival was no doubt of significance to farmers. There would be a ritual march around the boundaries of the land, the so called lustration, to purify it and to honour the goddess. In the earlier times of Rome the festival of Ceres would see faxes let loose with torches tied to their tails where later the grand arena of the Circus Maximus would stand.

After the festival of Ceres followed the vinalia rustica which was a wine feast to celebrate…

September 28th holidays

From NationalToday.com

September 28th is the 271st day of the Gregorian calendar. The Brazilian Parliament passed a law emancipating government-owned slaves and their children; Alexander Fleming first noticed a mold-killing bacteria as a precursor to penicillin. The Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami killed 2100 people. Famous birthdays include Confucius, Hillary Duff and Naomi Watts. Today is National Neighbor Day.

We have 10 holidays listed for September 28.

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National Drink Beer Day

We raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages.

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Fish Tank Floorshow Night

Get ready to be entertained by the fish in the spotlight tonight.

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International Right To Know Day

It’s important to know because knowledge is power. Today, we celebrate our right to that power.

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Ask a Stupid Question Day

There really is no such thing as a dumb question.

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National Good Neighbor Day

Are you a good neighbor? How do you show it?

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National Neighbor Day

As Mister Rogers would say, “Please won’t you be…my neighbor?”

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​National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day brings Americans together over our mutual love of democracy.

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Shemini Atzeret

Shemini Atzeret is the postscript to the seven days of Sukkot.

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St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day

Celebrated for the last two decades, this day honors the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

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World Rabies Day

More than 99 percent of human cases coming from dog bites.

SEPTEMBER HOLIDAY

Pen at the ready? Mark down these national days in September! At National Today, we love celebrating 251 September holidays

Date Holiday
SEP 1WEDNESDAY
American Chess Day
Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
Chicken Boy Day
National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
Wattle Day
World Letter Writing Day
SEP 2THURSDAY
National Blueberry Popsicle Day
VJ Day
World Coconut Day
SEP 3FRIDAY
College Colors Day
National Lazy Mom’s Day
National Skyscraper Day
SEP 4SATURDAY
Beyoncé’s Birthday
​National Wildlife Day
SEP 5SUNDAY
International Day of Charity
National Be Late for Something Day
National Cheese Pizza Day
National Pet Rock Day
SEP 6MONDAY
Fight Procrastination Day
Labor Day
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
National Read a Book Day
Rosh Hashanah
West Indian Day Parade
SEP 7TUESDAY
Another Look Unlimited Day
Brazil Independence Day
Google Commemoration Day
Grandma Moses Day
International Day of Clean Air
National Acorn Squash Day
National Beer Lovers Day
National Grateful Patient Day
National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day
National Salami Day
Telephone Tuesday
Texas Energy Savings Day
SEP 8WEDNESDAY
International Literacy Day
National Ampersand Day
National Iguana Awareness Day
Pardon Day
World Physical Therapy Day
SEP 9THURSDAY
Care Bears Share Your Care Day
Gedaliah Fast
International Sudoku Day
National Wiener Schnitzel Day
Teddy Bear Day
SEP 10FRIDAY
Ganesh Chaturthi
National 401(k) Day
National TV Dinner Day
Stand Up To Cancer Day
Swap Ideas Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
SEP 11SATURDAY
Farmers’ Consumer Awareness Day
German Language Day
Libraries Remember Day
National Hot Cross Bun Day
National Make Your Bed Day
Patriot Day
SEP 12SUNDAY
Day of the Homeland
Grandparents Day
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
National Pet Memorial Day
National Police Woman Day
National Report Medicare Fraud Day
National Video Games Day
SEP 13MONDAY
European Heritage Days
International Chocolate Day
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
National Peanut Day
Positive Thinking Day
Programmers Day
Roald Dahl Day
Uncle Sam Day
SEP 14TUESDAY
Hug Your Hound Day
National Ants on a Log Day
National Coloring Day
National Cream Filled Donut Day
NATIONAL EAT A HOAGIE DAY
NATIONAL LIVE CREATIVE DAY
SEP 15WEDNESDAY
Felt Hat Day
Greenpeace Day
International Day of Democracy
International Dot Day
Make a Hat Day
National Cheese Toast Day
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Linguine Day
National Online Learning Day
National School Backpack Awareness Day
National Tackle Kids Cancer Day
Shout of Dolores
Yom Kippur
SEP 16THURSDAY
Anne Bradstreet Day
Collect Rocks Day
Get Ready Day
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Malaysia Day
Mayflower Day
Mexican Independence Day
National Choose Your Chocolate Day
National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
National Guacamole Day
National Pawpaw Day
National Play-Doh Day
National Stepfamily Day
National Tattoo Story Day
Stay Away From Seattle Day
Working Parents Day
SEP 17FRIDAY
Constitution Day
INTERNATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC DAY
International Grenache Day
International Patient Safety Day
National Apple Dumpling Day
National Concussion Awareness Day
National Monte Cristo Day
National Pet Bird Day
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
National Professional House Cleaners Day
National Tradesmen Day
Time’s Up Day
SEP 18SATURDAY
Batman Day
Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day
Independence Day
International Eat An Apple Day
International Red Panda Day
Locate An Old Friend Day
National Cheeseburger Day
National Cleanup Day
National Dance Day
National Day of Civic Hacking
National First Love Day
National Gymnastics Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
National Respect Day
Puppy Mill Awareness Day
Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Rice Krispies Treats Day
World Water Monitoring Day
SEP 19SUNDAY
International Coastal Cleanup Day
National Meow Like a Pirate Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Wife Appreciation Day
SEP 20MONDAY
German World Children’s Day
National Pepperoni Pizza Day
National Punch Day
National Queso Day
Pitru Paksha
Respect for the Aged Day
Sukkot
SEP 21TUESDAY
Harvest Moon Festival
International Day of Peace
Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Miniature Golf Day
National IT Professionals Day
SEP 22WEDNESDAY
Fall Equinox
Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Hobbit Day
National Elephant Appreciation Day
National Ice Cream Cone Day
National Singles Day
National Temperature Control Day
National White Chocolate Day
SEP 23THURSDAY
National Dogs in Politics Day
Redhead Appreciation Day
SEP 24FRIDAY
AFL Grand Final Friday
German Sandwich Day
Heritage Day
National Cherries Jubilee Day
National Punctuation Day
Sport Purple for Platelets Day
World Bollywood Day
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
SEP 25SATURDAY
National Bunny Day
National Comic Book Day
National Cooking Day
National Daughters Day
National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Lobster Day
National Public Lands Day
SEP 26SUNDAY
Better Breakfast Day
Family Health & Fitness Day USA
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day
Hoshana Rabbah
Johnny Appleseed Day
National Chimichanga Day
National Dumpling Day
National Family Day
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
National Pancake Day
SEP 27MONDAY
Day of the French Community
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Crush Day
National No Excuses Day
World Tourism Day
SEP 28TUESDAY
Ask a Stupid Question Day
National Drink Beer Day
National Neighbor Day
​National Voter Registration Day
St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day
World Rabies Day
SEP 29WEDNESDAY
National Coffee Day
National Starbucks Day
World Heart Day
SEP 30THURSDAY
International Podcast Day
​National Love People Day

THE ORIGIN OF FRIDAY THE 13TH AS AN UNLUCKY DAY

Being wary of Friday the 13th is much more than a quaint superstition observed by a few uneducated people in distant, unreachable towns and hamlets. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 17 and 21 million people dread that date to the extent that it can be officially classified as a phobia.

So why is Friday the 13th considered such an “evil” day?

The origins aren’t perfectly clear, but we do know that both Friday and, separately, the number 13 have long been considered unlucky and it was around the late 19th century that the first documented instances started popping up of people putting the two together to form the unluckiest day of all.

To read the rest of this article go to:

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/09/the-origin-of-friday-the-13th-as-an-unlucky-day/

MOTHER EARTH/GAIA/ALL EARTH GODDESS’ EARTH DAY April 22, 2021

ALWAYS TRY TO LEAVE THE PLACES YOU TRAVEL CLEANER THAN WHEN YOU GOT THERE!

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore or Earth” As Pagans and/or Witches it is our duty to help clean up, plant new life, etc. for the Earth Goddess (Whatever name you may caller by). We are conservationists working at ground level to restore and keep the Earth Goddess clean. This way she can continue providing us with all living things that we make our shelter from the weather from, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat.

Remember to pick up after your dog as their scat has E.coli in it which if enough of it seeps into the ground our water and food sources could be come contaminated. Making our water undrinkable and our food inedible.

Treat her with love and respect

We thank you (insert the Earth Goddess’ name you use) for nourishing all living things that help to protect and nourish our physical bodies.

May we always strive to make you a beautiful and healthy in our every day lives.

These are our words to offer our help. This is our will to make our word rings true.

So Mote It Be ( Use whatever words you end your spellcasting and/or prayers with.)

Sunday, March 14th Northern Hemisphere Spring Ahead

TURN YOUR CLOCKS A HEAD 1 HOUR THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021

2020’s second Friday the 13th is this Friday Posted by Bruce McClure in HUMAN WORLD | November 11, 2020

( There will be other posts on out affiliate websites CovenLife.co)

November 13, 2020, will be the second of 2020’s two Friday the 13ths. This Friday the 13th comes exactly 39 weeks – that is, the number 3 multiplied by the number 13 – before the next Friday the 13th on August 13, 2021. Whee!

July 28 Northern Hemisphere Custom Planetary Positions

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Athens,
Ohio, USA

July 28, 2020
10:00 am GMT 6:00 AM EDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:05 Leo 47
Moon:17 Scorpio 33
Mercury:17 Cancer 03
Venus:21 Gemini 12
Mars:16 Aries 35
Jupiter:20 Capricorn 34 Rx
Saturn:28 Capricorn 05 Rx
Uranus:10 Taurus 33
Neptune:20 Pisces 38 Rx
Pluto:23 Capricorn 26 Rx

True Lunar Node:28 Gemini 35

Mean Lunar Node:27 Gemini 09 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):20 Aries 31
Chiron:09 Aries 19 Rx

Ceres:11 Pisces 29 Rx
Pallas:17 Capricorn 08 Rx
Juno:14 Libra 25
Vesta:23 Cancer 51

Eris:24 Aries 33 Rx

Fire:5

Earth:5
Air:4
Water:5

Cardinal:11

Fixed:3
Mutable:5

Current Planetary Positions

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 8

How Do You Celebrate?

Now, all this exploration doesn’t mean that every day you note as important must be acknowledged with elaborate ritual. Lighting a candle on your altar, taking a few moments to meditate outside, or preparing a favorite meal of a deceased loved one all work beautifully. If you know a particular day is going to hit you hard emotionally or mentally, then remember to schedule self-care of some kind. That can be anything from taking a cleansing bath to scheduling an outing with friends to dedicating the day to doing community service.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 6

Local Festivities

Where we live has a huge impact on how we turn the Wheel. The landscape, the seasons, and local culture all affect how we experience the world around us. The community in which you live probably all ready has festivals that honor certain changes, such as a harvest festival, an annual block party, a yearly parade to commemorate an event in the town’s history, or a natural phenomenon that happens like clockwork (monsoons, fog season, second summer, etc.) These modern-day observances can have just as much power as the commonly accepted sabbats — and even more personal meaning for you because the event directly reflects the spirit of where you live. Remember everything has an origin!

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 4

Saint and Deity Days

While certain sabbats may have an associations with specific deities, what if those gods aren’t deities you feel connected to? Maybe the one or ones you choose to work with historically have a special date used to honor them. If you can’t find a specific date or seasons in the records, you might use the day of dedication instead, if you have performed such a rite. Or you could use divination or trance work to determine which day would be pleasing to them.

There’s also a fair amount of folks who have a fondness for saints — whether because they are coming from a Catholic background or they made a connection to that saint via their current path. In some religions, the deities of old became saints because of their powers that be couldn’t squash the belief in them, so they were “legitimatized” instead. In other instances, they can be viewed as the Mighty Dead, or enlightened humans who act as intermediaries to the divine.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

Crafting Your Own Sacred Schedule – Part 2

Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Other Important Life Moments

The first category may seem pretty obvious, but we often tend to not look at these dates in a spiritual context. We may even view them as obligations versus observances over time. Birthdays aren’t just about getting older; they are opportunities to reflect on the events that took place in the past year and set goals for the next year. A birthday can serve as a reminder for us to be kinder to ourselves.

Marking the beginnings of a relationship (wedding, union, handfasting, etc.) is a great time to remember what brought you together and what you have accomplished along the way. Similarly, anniversaries of endings can be moments to recall we have come and how we have changed. For example, nearly a decade after the fact, I still remember the date when I finally decided to end an abusive relationship. It marks not only the end but also a new beginning, the new me. Celebrate your moments of strength in dark times as well as your triumphs in the best of times.

What other important moments mark significant changes in your life? A college graduation date, the day you arrived in a new place, an initiation or elevation into a tradition, the day you met you best friend, or the day you reconciled with someone — all are possible things you might choose to acknowledge on a yearly basis.

Copyright by Laura Tempst Zakroof Llewellyn;s Witches’ Datebook 2020 Pages 20 to 23

The musing of a witch

Study session by Dawn

Beltane is know as the fertility Esbate, it is the time for the earth to be transformed from the cold and rain of spring to the bright and sunny time of summer. The god is building his strength as the days grow longer and the crops strengthen to give us life through the winter and early spring. The animals are fertile and some are even up to their second or third litter of the year. I saw a fat robin this morning with a big worm in its beak and I was wondering how many little birds she has and how many times so far this year has she raised a brood. (Life is Good)

I love this time of year as the crops start to come up, we as a household will have a wonderful garden this year thanks to Deacon Charles Mead, the days are lengthening so you can work outside for a longer time as evident of the painting I did yesterday.

One of the positive items of this year with the Corona Virus is I have had time to do many home improvement projects to make the ole homestead look the best it has in years, and these will continue through the summer. Thank goodness for the time and the beautiful weather so i can do this for the people I love

I hope you all take a minute or two in the next couple of days and give thanks to Gaia for all her bounty, take your shoes off and walk through the newly green grass or even spread a blanket and lay down and look at the clouds. This is the time of Earth’s abundance take a minute and appreciate the gift in whatever manner you chose to, just know that report, phone call to the boss, work assignment can wait 10 minutes as you pause to enjoy life.

Dawn

May 3 Northern Hemisphere Custom Planetary Positions

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

May 03, 2020
11:00 am GMT 6:00 AM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:13 Taurus 28
Moon:17 Virgo 38
Mercury:11 Taurus 46
Venus:20 Gemini 04
Mars:23 Aquarius 20
Jupiter:27 Capricorn 03
Saturn:01 Aquarius 55
Uranus:07 Taurus 00
Neptune:20 Pisces 17
Pluto:24 Capricorn 59 Rx

True Lunar Node:00 Cancer 10 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:01 Cancer 42 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):10 Aries 53

Chiron:07 Aries 32
Ceres:02 Pisces 45
Pallas:00 Aquarius 20
Juno:07 Libra 25 Rx
Vesta:16 Gemini 47

Eris:24 Aries 05

Fire:3
Earth:6
Air:6
Water:4
Cardinal:8
Fixed:6
Mutable:5
If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link

Currentplanetarypositions.com

To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link

For Your Local Time and Date

Simple Explanation of How Coven Life’s Tries to Incorporate the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Esbats, Sabbats, our Open Chats

 

Coven Life’s Coven invites anyone who would like to attend any of our gatherings and/or open chats to join us. The dates and times along with the link for Coven Life’s Chatroom can be found under Coven Life’s Events found on the right hand side of covenlife.co Homepage. Lady Beltane has to approve your entrance into the Chatroom. She does this weekly and up to 5 minutes before a father in or open chat.

Being the Coven’s High Priestess I want our members and guests to know our coven covers the difference in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats and Esbats. Alternating the celebration date between the Southern’s regular calendar and the Northern one, as there is a small window when both hemispheres have the same date. I use Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for time and date in the Southern Hemisphere because that is the closest time to where our wonderful Priestess Hypatia lives. I use Central Time for the Northern Hemisphere because I live in that time zone.

I believe for a coven to truly be spiritual family we need to celebrate the things we have in common as well as our differences. This will include starting in the new year, based on the Celtic, on the day after Samhain (pronounced sow-en)  November 1, 2019 in the North. This is going to seem like my math is way off but for next new year day but our year is going to be 18 months long so we can celebrate the new year using the Southern Hemisphere’s Wheel of the Year and it’s Samhain is celebrated on May 1st. So our our next new years day will be May,1,2021. We will start including regular holidays around the world not just in the United States. I have found a list of international holidays that I will post soon. Please read it over and if a major holiday from your country is missing please put it in the comment section. Thank you!